19 November 2008

NEW JOURNAL ISSUE - "Asia@Home: New Directions in Asian Australian Studies" (A special issue of the Journal of Australian Studies, 32.4)

The latest issue (32.4 [2008]) of Journal of Australian Studies (JAS) is now available online! This special issue of JAS is guest-edited by Tseen Khoo and Jacqueline Lo, and features work from "AAI 2: The 2nd Asian Australian Identities Conference" (2007).

The special issue is titled 'Asia@Home: New Directions in Asian Australian Studies' and features work by the following AASRN members:
  • Adam Aitken
  • Michelle Antoinette
  • Scott Brook
  • Mayu Kanamori
  • Jen Tsen Kwok
  • Francis Maravillas
  • RoseAnne Misajon
  • Robyn Morris
  • Hsu-ming Teo

It also includes work by Regina Ganter and Lars Jensen. You can see a contents listing HERE. In addition, the cover for JAS 32.4 features an image provided by Owen Leong (who also generously allowed us to use his work on the AAI 2 conference posters).

Those of you whose universities/organisations subscribe to this journal, you should be able to download articles right now. Those of you who may want to get your hands on your own copy, THIS is the journal's homepage.

NEW JOURNAL ISSUE - First anniversary issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now available

We are pleased to announce the publication of the fifth issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (November 2008) with a new editorial on the memorable year 2008 by co-editor Jeff Zroback.

Poet, novelist and historian Reid Mitchell generously acted as guest editor and read the submissions with us. The new issue features poetry by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins and new fiction by Nirmala Pillai. Other writers/artists featured in the issue include Sam Byfield, Grace V. S. Chin, Mike Farman, Tiziano Fratus, Daniel Hudon, Anne Levesque, Vikas Malhotra, Aya Padron, Yves Rubin, Steven Schroeder, Daren Shiau, Gillian Sze, Tai Dong Huai, Eddie Tay, Royston Tester, Toh Hsien Min, Sean Wiebe, Alison Wong, Bo Wong and Jennifer Wong.

To read the issue, please visit our website at www.asiancha.com.

We are currently accepting submissions for the sixth issue of Cha, which is scheduled for publication in February 2009.

Deadline: 31 December 2008.

Award-winning Hong Kong poet Arthur Leung will lend his expertise to us in the role of poetry guest editor. If you are interested in having your works considered for publication in Cha, please read our submission guidelines for details.

Tammy Ho & Jeff Zroback/ The Editors
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal/ www.asiancha.com

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17 November 2008

NEW BOOK - Culture Is... Australian Stories across Cultures: An Anthology

Culture Is . . .Australian Stories Across Cultures: An Anthology
Edited By Anne-Marie Smith, The Multicultural Writers Association of Australia

PB 256 PP 210 x 135, ISBN 9781862548084
$24.95 (Short Stories / Poetry)
Wakefield Press

'I am confident this anthology will be warmly received nationally . . .' – Nicholas Jose

What shapes us as Australians? This anthology presents contemporary views from writers of all backgrounds – Indigenous, Migrant, Refugee or Settler. It will ring true with all Australians, travellers or would-be travellers.


11 November 2008

NEW ISSUE - Mascara Poetry - Issue #4

Mascara #4 is now on-line at www.mascarapoetry.com

With poetry by
  • Our featured poet, Peter Boyle
  • New work by Tibetan poet/activist Tenzin Tsundue
  • And by Shirley Lim, Sean Singer, Francesca Haig, Indran Amirthanayagam, Kylie Rose, Jessika Tong, Michael Sharkey, Jal Nicholl, Liam Ferney, Debbie Lim, Ashley Capes, Jane Kim, Ouyang Yu , Peter Davis and more
Reviews by Kris Hemensley, Martin Edmond, Margaret Bradstock, Heather Taylor-Johnson,

Michelle Cahill in conversation with Peter Boyle

Our cover portrait is the Sri-Lankan anthropologist, Malathi De Alwis, photographed by Pradeep Jeganathan.



Submissions to Mascara Poetry are open at ALL times. Please follow our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your poetry and essays.

Payment 2 or more poems: $75; essays, reviews: $50

Mascara is looking for volunteers who are passionate about poetry...check our guidelines!

If you are an emerging writer, JOIN US...for as little as $15, and help us to help you.

Mascara is an online journal seeking to promote poetry of excellence and originality. We are especially interested in the work of contemporary Australasian and Indigenous poets. Our criteria for selection are quality of image, language and innovation. The word ‘mascara’ entered the English language in 1890. It derives from Spanish, Arabic and French origins, its meaning evolving from the word mask, masquerade, to darken, to blacken. The Arabic word ‘maskhara’ means buffoon.

Mascara reviews are edited by Adam Aitken, poetry by Michell Cahill and Kim Cheng Boey.

10 November 2008

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS - Endeavour Awards (Open 1 Dec; Close 31 Jan 2009)

Second round of applications opening on 1 December 2008 and closing on 31 January 2009 for commencement of Awards in 2009.

This second round is for:
  • Endeavour Executive Awards
  • Endeavour Research Fellowships (for outgoing Australians only)
  • Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians
Please visit the Endeavour Awards website for more information: www.endeavour.deewr.gov.au

NEW EXHIBITION - Leading Lights (Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, Sydney)

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, UNSW
6 Nov - 13 Dec 2008

Artists include:
Brook Andrew, Del Kathryn Barton, Trent Jansen, Adam Cullen, Dinosaur Designs, Shaun Gladwell, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, The Kingpins, Lindy Lee, Owen Leong, Clinton Nain, Vanila Netto, and Bronwyn Oliver.

6 November 2008

CFP - Cosmetic Cultures: Beauty, Globalisation, Politics, Practices (24-26 June 2009; U of Leeds, UK)

Cosmetic Cultures: Beauty, globalisation, politics, practices
University of Leeds , 24 - 26 of June 2009

Papers and panel sessions are invited for an international, interdisciplinary conference on Cosmetic Cultures to be held in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds from the 24 to 26 of June 2009.

Papers on any element of ‘cosmetic cultures’ are welcomed but the conference seeks to move beyond well-rehearsed ‘Beauty Myth’ arguments.

Beauty has often been conceptualised as the concern only of women (or the only concern of women!) and as idealised in ‘whiteness’ or ‘Westerness’. Whilst many have found significant evidence to support these claims, work in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies has already flagged up the importance of men, masculinities and beauty, both in the ‘West’ and ‘East’ and has disrupted the idea that whiteness alone presents idealised beauty in all parts of the world, or even in this one. Whilst beauty ideals may be important in one sense, this conference also aims to explore beauty practices. The subject’s engagement in beauty practices may be ‘transformative’ in line with current ideals, and undertaken in the clinic, or it may be everyday and mundane, practices in the home or ‘salon’.

Themes will include:

* National beauty cultures and histories and the intersection between local and globalised ideals;
* Beauty practice ranging from ‘spectacular’ makeover cosmetic surgery to mundane beauty technologies such as diet and exercise, skin tanning/ lightening, hairstyling, hair removal and tattooing/piercing.
* Intersections of ‘race’, class, gender and beauty cultures and practices; men, masculinities and beauty;
* LGBI and Trans beauties; surgical tourism;
* TV makeover shows;
* Work in the ‘beauty industry’, including medical practices and cultures, beauty salons and cosmetics marketing and manufacture as well as (fashion and glamour) modelling.

By encouraging participants to explore beauty cultures, practices and politics in their broadest sense we hope to advance current debates and develop an international network of researchers.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

* Professor Carolyn Cooper – University of the West Indies
* Professor Kathy Davis – University of Utrecht
* Dr Debra Gimlin – University of Aberdeen
* Dr Meredith Jones – University of Technology, Sydney
* Professor Toby Miller – University of California, Riverside
* Professor Elspeth Probyn – University of Sydney

200 word abstracts and panel suggestions should be emailed to: Matthew Wilkinson at m.wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk no later than 1 March 2009.

Please mark all emails with ‘Cosmetic Cultures’ in the subject line.

CHAIR POSITION - Freilich Foundation Chair, ANU

Freilich Foundation Chair (A209-08AV)

The Australian National University wishes to appoint an outstanding leader to hold the newly established Freilich Foundation Chair.

The Herbert and Valmae Freilich Foundation is an endowment to The Australian National University established in 1999 to promote the study of, and research into, the causes, the histories and the effects of ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual bigotry and animosity, and the exploration of how such intolerance can be combated and co-existence promoted by educational and social programs.

The Foundation sits within the interdisciplinary and dynamic Research School of Humanities. The Foundation runs a program of public lectures, seminars and graduate workshops. It runs a summer school for teachers, is involved in teaching, and funds visiting fellowships, bursaries and scholarships.

Further information about the foundation can be found at http://www.anu.edu.au/hrc/freilich/

The Foundation wishes to appoint a senior academic to substantially develop the research component of the Foundation's work whilst being involved in the current operation and activities of the Foundation. Applications are invited from women and men with a recognised record of achievement in any disciplinary field which addresses the research interests of the Foundation. You will provide leadership for the Foundation, participate and build upon the existing program of activities, participate in graduate teaching and supervision, and develop relationships with relevant units within the ANU and external organisations.

The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience.

Further information on this position can be obtained HERE.


Renata Grossi, Freilich Foundation Fellow, T: 02 6125 5527, E: Renata.Grossi @ anu.edu.au

Debjani Ganguly, Head HRC, Research School of Humanities, T: 02 6125 9877, E: Debjani.Ganguly @ anu.edu.au

4 November 2008

NEW RESOURCES - Amerasia and AAPI Nexus Journals now online

Amerasia and AAPI Nexus Journals Go Online

Los Angeles - The UCLA Asian American Studies Center has launched an internet site for its two academic journals, Amerasia and AAPI Nexus. Starting November 2008, subscribers will be able to access Amerasia Journal and AAPI Nexus articles online.

Both journals are recognized core publications in Asian American Studies.

Since its inception in 1971, Amerasia has been the leading interdisciplinary journal in the field. "Amerasia Journal," states Ethnic Studies Professor Yen Le Espiritu (University of California, San Diego), "continues to be an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and the broader community interested in issues affecting Asian Americans."

"Amerasia articles contain information and perspectives difficult or impossible to locate elsewhere," adds Serials Review. "This journal is highly recommended for all academic collections and for large public libraries." The searchable, full-text database enables subscribing institutions and researchers access to over thirty-five years of Amerasia articles.

Amerasia's online database features over 900 articles on topics ranging from diaspora and empire, U.S.-Asia relations, and religion to legal/political/civil rights issues, sexuality and queer studies, and multiracial Asians. Library Journal has thus described Amerasia as "a scholarly journal which considers almost every aspect on the role of the Asian Americans" and "an absolute must for universities." In 2003, the Center launched AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice & Community, the most cutting-edge journal focusing on applied social science research for and on the diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community. AAPI Nexus draws from professional schools, applied social science scholars, and practitioners, with the explicit goal of reinvigorating Asian American Studies' traditional mission of serving communities and generating practical research."AAPI Nexus Journal is the nation's trusted voice for Asian American and Pacific Islander public policy debates, community-based research, and action-orientated advocacy," said Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.

The AAPI Nexus database includes articles covering civil rights, health, and art and cultural institutions from an Asian American perspective. In addition to research and resource articles, AAPI Nexus also features practitioner essays, where professionals and community leaders draw from their experiences to offer discussions and strategies regarding policy issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The new online databases for Amerasia Journal and AAPI Nexus are valuable resources for libraries and research institutions. Access to the databases will be included as part of a new or renewed yearly subscription. The subscription prices are as follows:

Amerasia Journal - $445 for institutions; $99.99 for individuals
AAPI Nexus - $175 for institutions, $35 for individuals

For more information or to place subscription orders, please contact Ying Ming Tu, Distribution Manager, AASC Press, at (310) 825-2968 or aascpress @ aasc.ucla.edu.

3 November 2008

CALL for SUBMISSIONS - Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature



Asiatic, an online, biannual (June, December), refereed journal, invites scholars and writers to submit their work for its forthcoming issues. We invite papers on all aspects of Asian Englishes and Asian writings in English, including Asian diasporic literature and Asian literatures in translation. We are also interested in creative works by Asian writers and writers of Asian origin.

Papers submitted for publication should not exceed 7,000 words and should follow the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (www.mla.org). Creative pieces should be between 1-3 pages for poetry and 6,000 words for other genres. All submissions sent for publication are refereed blind by at least two readers. Asiatic is indexed in the MLA Annual Bibliography, AustLit and EBSCO, and listed in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).

Submissions to and enquiries about the journal should be sent to mquayum @ gmail.com or Asiatic @ gmail.com.